My Point Of View April 2012

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The Voice of the Spirit of the West

Cowboy, trainer, and entertainer, meet Hugh McLennan as he celebrates his 20th anniversary as Canada’s favourite cowboy broadcaster

Fifteen Years in Retrospect

It’s our 15th anniversary and in celebration we bring you the highlights and happenings that graced the pages of Canadian Cowboy Country

Space and Light

Performance horses, leather, and urban flair define the clean lines of this retreat

Celebrate the West!

Top events, great celebrations,
and significant anniversaries happening across the Canadian West

Camping With Horses

Tips and tricks from a wilderness wrangler

It’s All About the Numbers

As all of our dedicated subscribers know, we produce six issues of Cowboy a year. This year is a big anniversary here at Tanner Young

Publishing Group; we are celebrating 15 years of Canadian Cowboy Country magazine. I went through all the back issues and gleaned interesting tidbits that are snapshots of “the times” we’ve lived so far.

With this being our celebratory issue, there is no better qualified person to be on the cover and highlighted as our Living Legend than Hugh McLennan. He’s been with the magazine since its inception and he’s also celebrating a big number in his career. His iconic radio show, The Spirit of the West is now in its 20th year.

It’s also our annual Vacation Guide, a compendium of terrific vacation ideas, destinations, chuckwagon schedules and professional and amateur rodeo events for the whole family. I also had a great time choosing my Editor’s Picks, many of the places I’ve experienced, and a few are on my wish list.

In keeping with our vacation theme, we have an article on camping with horses written by wilderness wrangler B.J. Smith. You can even learn a couple of knots! Photographer and writer J. Bradford White from Banff wrote a terrific piece on the Ya Ha Tinda Ranch; and we also offer a fascinating Trailblazer on Ray Knight, often referred to as the Father of Modern Rodeo.

I hope you enjoy this anniversary issue. There have been a countless number of people who have contributed to the success of this magazine over the years — whether through writing, photography, editing, sales, and subscribing. On behalf of the publisher and staff, past and present, thanks for saddling up and riding along with us here in

Canadian Cowboy Country.

Be sure to stop by our booth #3101 near the Trainer’s Challenge round pen at the 2012 Mane Event Horse Expo, April 27 – 29 at Westerner Park in Red Deer, Alta.